Thursday, July 28, 2005

Mao's Successor; The Signal Is Decoded

July 28th, 2005

in 1586, Thomas Harriot introduces the American root, the potato, to Europe. It fails to grow in the European soil, and is never more than a curiosity in the Eastern Hemisphere.

in 1750, composer Johann Sebastian Bach went through an eye operation that completely repaired his vision. The operation, done with new Mlosh technology, was so dangerous that if it had been attempted without the Mlosh techniques, Bach might have died.

in 1932, Great War veterans gathered in the Washington Mall to demand pensions and assistance in living. Socialist President Clarence Darrow attempts to give them aid, but is largely unsuccessful. It is this lack of success which caused the Socialist Party to select Franklin Roosevelt as their candidate in the elections that year.

in 4660, the newly elected Imperial Council elects Li Teng-Hui as Mao’s successor. There is, at first, some question as to whether Mao will relinquish power; but after Dao-Ming speaks with him, Emperor Mao turns over his throne to the newly crowned Emperor Li. The Chdo Democracy had been wondering if the scheduled transfer of power would lead to a civil war within the Empire; with Mao’s retirement and Li’s ascension, the Chdo begin to trust humanity much more.

in 1968, Governor Wilhelm Schoemann of the Chinese Protectorate met himself, Dr. Wilhelm Schoemann, the scientist who had invented the time machine used by the neo-Nazis to assist the Germans in this timeline. The Schoemann’s speak at some length about the New Reich; when they finish, Governor Schoemann commits suicide.

in 1987, famed philosopher James Burnham, author of The Coming Defeat Of Capitalism died at the age of 82. He did not live to see the fulfillment of his philosophy, but died confident that it would happen.

in 1991, Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Quebecois pitched the 13th perfect game in professional Town Ball history. 3 years later to the day, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Sheriffs pitched the 14th.

in 1996, Dr. Melvin Courtney arrives back in Great Britain, along with most of the members of his Chimanimani expedition. They are all terribly disappointed; the greatest find in the history of archeology has, quite literally, flown out of their hands. Dr. Courtney tells them that he is going to publish his findings anyway, and they all agree that they will be witness to his veracity.

in 2000, newlyweds Mikhail von Heflin and Velma Porter see Las Vegas. Everywhere that they go, though, the strange bald men are following them. The pair decide to lay a trap for these strange men that night in the hotel.

in 2001, the team working on translating the signal from Lalande 25372 cracks the encryption and finds that the Lalandians were broadcasting in English, as well as 6 other languages. The signal contains a history of the Lalandian civilization as well as their knowledge of other cultures in galaxy; the scientists are particularly alarmed by the Elders mentioned throughout the broadcast.


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